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great company great company great company

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Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

competitive, smart people, creative, awesome

Cons

work life balance, business changes, reviews, software

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pays well - but overly bureaucratic, too many under-performing employees,

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    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great health benefits - which are going away in 2013
    Good pay, especially stock + bonus once you reach the principal level and beyond
    Lots of interesting projects & technologies available, with interesting scalability problems
    Good career advancement opportunities given how big the organization is, if you want to move into management/leadership roles

    Cons

    Too big, bureaucratic
    Lots of empire building leading to under-performers getting hired for jobs that they are not qualified for
    People who just don't care about what they're building
    If you work in the Silicon Valley office, communication/coordination issue with HQ and frequent traveling up to Redmond

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring some passion back into the game, trim the fat

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once great.

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free Mountain Dew. Cheap software. Huge bonuses for salaried employees if they are stack-ranked into the right box. An ever-changing review system that's like Sudoku, except that the numbers don't have to add-up. There are offices in the same building as Neiman Marcus and Louis Vuitton...so, I guess that's a pro if you sold your stock before Vista came out.

    Cons

    Regular RIFs (Reduction in Force) that are labeled "re-organization." RIF-ed positions subsequently become contract positions if they do not disappear altogether. Employees regularly refer to the company as the Titanic: too big a ship to turn around. The place lost it's ability to get things done quickly and is instead just a big, red-tape-y, uninspiring bore. It is NOT the place it was when BillG was there, despite SteveB's enthusiasm for kicking @$$. The stock is as stagnant as the innovating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Human Relations (the org should be re-titled. Something with the word "robotic" or "obstacle"), Investor Relations (has no real idea what is going on in your organization because they are literally getting their info from blogs because teams they represent don't share strategy or project info with IR), and your PR (great at talking without communicating, and thus often retracting or backpedaling as it makes statements) departments are as overdue for genuine revamping as everything else Msft does. Special note: you've brought new meaning to "making it over the hump" by letting go of FTEs on Wednesdays. Perhaps, less bragging about how Msft spends ENORMOUS sums on R&D when we don't actually see results from it as compared companies who spend far less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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